TV Rewind: ‘Parks’ Snubbed By Globes, Loud Commercials Leaving, ‘Arrested Development’ Gets Order Boost
By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
• The Golden Globe nominations are out, and NBC’s Parks and Recreation is snubbed yet again. What does it take to make this happen? A cameo from President Barack Obama?! In happier news, check out the first promo for the awards ceremony featuring hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
• Do you get annoyed when TV commercials are louder than the show you’re watching? Have no fear! The “Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act” has gone into effect, meaning that the volume of commercials should be equal to that of the program you’re checking out.
• Although Netflix originally ordered 10 new episodes of Arrested Development, the network has upped the order to 12 to 15 episodes because creator Mitchell Hurwitz filmed more footage than needed. Those overacheivers…
• In the wake of MTV’s new series Buckwild, which follows a group of young adults in West Virgina, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is calling for the show’s cancellation. He says the program “plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes,” and some are calling it the Appalachian companion to MTV’s Jersey Shore.
• Following rumors of his departure, it looks as though Dan Stevens will be leaving Masterpiece Theatre’s Downton Abbey. The actor, who plays Downton heir Matthew Crawley, has yet to sign on for a fourth season.
• The American Film Institute (AFI) released its choices for the top 10 TV shows of 2012. Showtime’s Homeland, AMC’s Breaking Bad and HBO’s Girls all made the cut, but a certain NBC comedy set in Pawnee, Ind., did not. I’m sure it would’ve been No. 11.
• G4, the channel known for the recently canceled Attack of the Show, will soon become the Esquire channel. The new network, which will be based on the men’s magazine Esquire, is hoping to transform into a “destination more in line with the modern male.”
• AMC’s Hell on Wheels will return for a third season. The drama was already given another season by the network, but after showrunner John Shiban departed, the renewal was in limbo. However, with John Wirth (TNT’s Falling Skies) taking over as showrunner, the renewal is a done deal.
• HBO is planning a sequel to its Emmy-winning TV movie Game Change. The follow-up film will center on the 2012 presidential election and will be based on the upcoming book Double Down: Game Change 2012, which will be written by Game Change authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
• The series finale of ABC’s Private Practice will air Jan. 22. The episode is appropriately titled, “In Which We Say Goodbye.”
• When NBC’s Up All Night returns in the spring, it won’t just have a new format — it will also have a new showrunner. Linda Wallem, the co-creator and former showrunner of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, will step in for Tucker Cawley, who will become a consulting producer for Fox’s The Mindy Project.
• Situations may be looking tense over at CBS’s Two and a Half Men, but don’t feel bad for co-creator and showrunner Chuck Lorre. CBS bought a multi-camera comedy from Lorre called Mom, which follows a recently sober single mom who lives in Napa Valley. The sitcom is reportedly “a top prospect for the network’s fall 2013 schedule.”
• USA Network issued a cast-contingent pilot order for Horizon, a drama from AMC’s The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. The series takes place during World War II and “focuses on an FBI secretary who finds out her husband may have been killed in a South Pacific battle with a spaceship.” That’s right, World War II with aliens — this will be awesome.
• Actress Salma Hayek and producer Silvio Horta, who teamed up for ABC’s Ugly Betty, are once again joining forces for an ABC dramedy. This time, they’re developing a series called Bastards, which focuses on a Cuban-American family that learns the dad fathered a child with the family maid.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
• FX’s Justified Emmy winner Margo Martindale is joining the cast of FX’s new spy series The Americans, alongside Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell. She will play a KGB illegal residing in the United States.
• AMC’s The Killing may be coming back, but former series regulars Billy Campbell, Michelle Forbes and Brent Sexton will not be returning with it. Campbell played corrupt Seattle mayor Darren Richmond, whereas Forbes and Sexton played the grief-stricken parents of murdered teen Rosie Larsen (Katie Findlay).
• NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit regular Ice-T will make a cameo in the series finale of NBC’s 30 Rock. The episode will bow Jan. 31.
• Fox’s The X-Files star Gillian Anderson is finally returning to American broadcast TV since the sci-fi series ended in 2002. The actress will appear in NBC’s upcoming drama Hannibal, playing Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s (Mads Mikkelsen) therapist.
• Robert Patrick, who portrays the father of Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) on HBO’s True Blood, has been promoted to a series regular for the sixth season. The vampire drama will come back summer 2013.
• Fox’s The O.C.’s Adam Brody will appear in two episodes of Showtime’s House of Lies. He’ll supposedly “form a relationship” with Jeannie (Kristen Bell).
• Treat Williams, of The WB’s Everwood, has landed a recurring role on NBC’s rookie drama Chicago Fire. He will play Lt. Kelly Severide’s (Taylor Kinney) father, and his first episode debuts in January.
• Following the departures of Amanda Setton and Stephen Tobolowsky, The Mindy Project is recruiting a new castmember. Mary Grill will portray the recurring character of Maggie, Mindy’s (Mindy Kaling) college friend.
• RuPaul will guest star in a 2013 episode of ABC’s Happy Endings. He will reportedly play an actual role as opposed to making a cameo.
• Cheryl Cole, a former judge on Fox’s The X Factor, is suing producers of the singing competition. She is asking for $2.3 million for a supposed breach of contract.
• The family drama surrounding ABC’s Modern Family ’s Ariel Winter appears to be over — for now. After making allegations of emotional and physical abuse against her mother, Winter will remain in the care of her 34-year-old sister, Shanelle Gray. Winter’s father will help oversee her finances.
• ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy creator and showrunner Shonda Rhimes has finally spoken out about former star Katherine Heigl, who abruptly left the series in 2010. “On some level, it stung and on some level I was not surprised,” Rhimes said to Oprah Winfrey on OWN’s Oprah’s Next Chapter.
• Comedy Central’s The Daily Show host Jon Stewart reveals he almost quit the job shortly after taking over because “What I did not realize is, a lot of the people who worked there were assholes.”
• Last week, we reported that Homeland actor Rupert Friend said costar Mandy Patinkin “did something really quite inappropriate, which I’m not going to divulge” on set. Well, it turns out, he mooned him. “I think he had a heart attack,” Patinkin says. “I think he couldn’t get over it. I think he’s in therapy now.” Holla.
• Two people are getting hitched on The CW’s Hart of Dixie. Who do you think will be the lucky newlyweds?
• Check out these first pics of T.R. Knight on CBS’s The Good Wife.
• Showtime’s Dexter finale is almost here. He’s a video preview of the big night.
• Take a look at the returning episode of The Walking Dead.
• Is it February yet? Here’s another peek at the season premiere NBC’s Community.
• “Handcuffing myself to you and jumping into a cauldron of molten bronze,” is how Louis C.K., of FX’s Louie, would like to die. That’s not even the funniest part of his questionnaire for Vanity Fair’s “Comedy Issue.”
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